CEDA report examines unconscious bias towards women in leadership
Posted : Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A new CEDA
publication that examines unconscious bias against women in the
workplace will be launched today in Melbourne by Federal Minister
for the Status of Women, the Hon Kate Ellis MP.
Executive Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin said the report, Women
in Leadership: Looking Below the Surface, aimed to
provide the facts and figures that provide a business case for
resolving gender equity issues, while also highlighting some of the
underlying unconscious biases that exist that are often unspoken
and are hindering change.
report, completed in conjunction with Dr Hannah Piterman, author of
Unlocking Gender Potential, business adviser and cofounder of
Gender Worx, draws together thought leaders, case studies and
themes from CEDA's Women in Leadership series run during the last
12 months in Victoria.
combination of public and private sessions with both men and women
enabled the identification of subtle hidden barriers that sit below
the surface. These are not always readily available for scrutiny,
but can see women excluded from leadership," Professor Martin
reports such as this, CEDA aims to drive the debate around gender
equity, and in turn substantiate the business case for improvements
for women in leadership roles.
Australia's leading independent thought leadership organisation
providing policy perspectives on the critical economic and social
issues facing Australia, and under representation of women in the
workforce and in leadership positions has serious economic and
for action is indisputable and is also vital if Australia is to
meet future skills and labour demand."
Piterman said the report highlighted that while organisations are
increasingly taking steps to resolve gender equity issues in their
work practices, they find their initiatives can be thwarted by
intangible cultural dynamics and unconscious bias.
"Throughout this paper, and particularly within the private
discussions, numerous thoughts and quotes exhibit this unconscious
bias. Understanding what it means can help equip organisations to
challenge it and pursue new models of thinking," she
Women in Leadership series is ongoing and events are being held
across Australia. Upcoming events include:
October, Sydney - Career
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